Title

Translation of the diabetes prevention program into a community mental health organization for individuals with severe mental illness: a case study

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine

Date

9-1-2011

Document Type

Article

Disciplines

Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Community Health | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Mental Disorders | Public Health | Public Health Education and Promotion | Translational Medical Research

Abstract

Individuals with severe mental illness (SMI) have significant health disparities. Wellness services embedded in community mental health organizations could lessen these disparities. This case study illustrates the integration of the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) lifestyle intervention into a community mental health organization. The Diffusion of Innovations Theory was used as a model for integration, which included a collaboration between researchers and the organization and qualitative work, culminating in a small pilot of the DPP led by peer specialists to test the feasibility of the DPP in this setting. Fourteen individuals with SMI participated in the 19-week intervention. Three dropped out, but the remaining 11 demonstrated 92% attendance. Weight loss was minimal, but the participants reported benefit and showed continued interest in the intervention. The use of a peer-led DPP in a community mental health organization is feasible and warrants further investigation to demonstrate efficacy.

Comments

Citation: Schneider KL, Sullivan JC, Pagoto SL. Translation of the diabetes prevention program into a community mental health organization for individuals with severe mental illness: a case study. Transl Behav Med. 2011 Sep;1(3):453-60. doi:10.1007/s13142-011-0053-z. Link to article on publisher's site

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

PubMed ID

24073066